'Star Wars: Episode VII' Set For Return To Familiar Planet?

Filming is rumored to start this week.

J.J. Abrams' casting announcement for "Star Wars: Episode VII" indicated that filming would begin "in a couple of weeks," so we have been expecting word of a start sooner rather than later.

According to The National, an English-language paper in Abu Dhabi, that kickoff is coming tomorrow (May 13).

On a normal movie set, the start of production, especially on location, would mean a flood of set photos. But this isn't any movie. Because this is "Star Wars: Episode VII" directed by J.J. Abrams, the set is already highly guarded with the police checking vehicles headed toward the production and turning away anyone who doesn't belong.

While that's the case, The National did get word from their sources that the set is massively complex, with one person calling it a "whole world" complete with a large spaceship and a "big, centuries-old-looking market."

Previous rumors pegged Abu Dhabi as the stand-in for Tatooine, the desert planet that has appeared in five of the six "Star Wars" films.

"Star Wars: Episode VII" opens in theaters on December 18, 2015.